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Dyana Neal

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Dyana is WBJC's midday host. Her full bio can be read here.

Apr. 24 2015

A man and his mandolin. Actually, a whole bunch of mandolins.

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This Sunday at 4PM, the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra and Baltimore Mandolin Quartet will pay tribute to Baltimore musician and composer Jonathan Jensen by presenting a concert of his original works and arrangements. Jonathan visited me recently to talk about the program and the history of mandolin ensembles.     Related posts: Some Eclectic Evening Carlos’s […]

Apr. 16 2015

If you wish to sockdologize, please absquatulate!

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150 years ago this week – on April 14, 1865, to be exact – President Abraham Lincoln was watching Tom Taylor’s comedy Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. When Joseph Jefferson, the actor playing Asa Trenchard, uttered his famous laugh line “Don’t know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I […]

Feb. 17 2015

Honoring Two Great Ladies of Music

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In honor of Black History Month, Baltimore Concert Opera is presenting This Little Light of Mine: The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. Commissioned by Cincinnatti Opera, this one-woman “live documentary” will be performed by its creator, critically acclaimed soprano and narrator Adrienne Danrich. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to Julia Cooke, […]

Nov. 12 2014

Dear Lexus: What Did Mozart Ever Do To You?

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 3 Comments

According to a recent Lexus ad,  it’s just not hip to listen to classical music while driving, especially Mozart. But it is hip to be rude and leave three passengers stranded on a country road. Doing so will make you appear much younger and cooler, especially if you’re listening to generic electronic pop music while […]

Oct. 08 2014

Should corporate sponsors butt out of opera?

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It seems a conflict of interest is keeping one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertoire off the stage at West Australia Opera, at least for the next couple of seasons. Before you click on the following link from Limelight, please note that I have my own biases in this case:  I’m a […]

Sep. 08 2014

Celebrating in Star-Spangled Style!

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Two hundred years ago, America was once again at war with Britain, and Baltimore was the scene of some of the most dramatic fighting in that conflict. The events of September, 1814 are being commemorated in some very creative ways, so I thought I’d share a few with you. First, a bit of shameless spousal […]

Jul. 31 2014

Putting a different spin on classical music

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If you’ve taken an exercise class or two over the years, you’ve probably heard quite a variety of music while pedaling away on a stationary bike, pounding on a punching bag, or performing other sweat-inducing moves. Some people don’t much care what’s on the sound system during class; they’re just in it for fitness. Others, myself included, find it impossible to […]

Jul. 09 2014

A Truly Topsy-Turvy “Mikado”

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What do you get when you take a musical theater piece composed in 1885, originally set in a mythical Japanese town, and place it in a black-and-white 1920’s world that’s decidedly English? A bit of confusion, perhaps, if you’re a purist with regards to staging, but if you’re up for some delicious visuals and very fine performances, the English […]

Jun. 10 2014

It’s Not Always Good To Be The King

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Spotlighters Theatre is presenting Jonas David Grey’s adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s  Edward II  through June 22. Though both the original script and the historical events it chronicles date back centuries, the play proves that history is cyclical and that issues of patriotism, family duty, and prejudice are timeless.        I recently met with Jonas David Grey, who is […]

May. 06 2014

Simply (La) Divina

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Greek-American soprano Maria Callas possessed extraordinary musical and dramatic talent, yet led a tumultuous life offstage. She is often referred to as “La Divina”, and Leonard Bernstein called her ‘the Bible of Opera.” On Friday, May 16th, Baltimore Concert Opera will present soprano Francesca Mondanaro and director Fabrizio Melano in “The Life and Music of […]

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